The Meridian City Council begins work in earnest Tuesday as it tries to craft a fiscal 2013 budget.
Council president Dr. George Thomas told the council of governments that incoming revenue is likely to be flat for the coming 12 months.
He and the rest of the council will meet with department heads this week to determine priorities. Thomas said it may be the tightest budget in several years.
"(The) Concern is, where the sales taxes is going to be, where is the property tax going to be? As we discussed there's a lot of notice about property being abandoned basically for tax sale," said Thomas. "That'll affect the tax rate, the tax amount that comes into the city. So until we get the final figures on how is going to be coming the city we're having difficulty establishing any kind of budget."
Thomas said the county's property tax collections could go down two percent. If that holds true for the city, the council president says cuts will have to be made somewhere.
Budget sessions are:
Tuesday, August 14
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 15
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 16
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.